Once upon a time, people complained that there was nothing to do in Memphis. But you sure don’t hear that anymore, do you? With multiple events to choose from each day of the week, and with something for each particular taste in nearly every part of town, the month of May captures the spirit of good times with festivals, parties and shindigs galore!
The Event: Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival
- Friday, April 29, 2016, through Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Tom Lee Park, downtown Memphis
- Learn more here, and buy tickets here.
The city’s best-known festival and music event actually begins today, April 29, and features music legends such as Paul Simon and Neil Young, plus contemporary and emerging artists like Grace Potter and Beck. (See the full lineup here). With multiple genres from pop to rock to blues, each day provides something different on the outdoor stages and in the blues tents. One-day passes are $45, while a three-day pass ranges from $105 to $135.
What to wear? Music Fest, as we locals call it, is known for rain showers leading to lots of mud, so keep a cute pair of galoshes and a clear plastic, hooded poncho on standby (so we can still see your stylish outfit!). Practicality is a must, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock a great look. We went to Mozelle Boutique in Germantown to find our Music Fest fashion groove.
The Event: Jockeys & Juleps
- Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3 p.m.
- Benefits Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
- Tickets are $100
- More information here.
This event provides the perfect opportunity to get pretty for a good cause! With all proceeds benefiting the Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy, Jockeys & Juleps includes a viewing of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, a live art and jewelry auction and best hat contest, plus passed appetizers and, of course, mint juleps (and other libations)! Tickets are $100 for individuals and tables of 10 are $1,500, including all the benefits of general admission, as well as an open bar with a signature cocktail and a table on the lawn.
What to wear? Southern Belle attire is a must. After you land or create your unique wide-brimmed Derby hat, ensembles encouraged for women include sundresses and cocktail dresses, as well as more formal attire. (Our sister publication, SB Louisville, has you covered on all things Derby here). We hit Baer’s Den in Laurelwood to find our looks for this fun party.
The Event: Symphony at the Gardens
- Sunday, May 8, 2016
- Dixon Gallery & Gardens
- Tickets range from $20 per person to $150 for two VIP seats
- Find complete details here.
Two art forms come together at this event featuring symphonic tunes on the beautiful wooded and lushly floral grounds of the Dixon Gallery. Bring your picnic blankets or chairs, as well as food, wine and beer, for the evening. Food trucks will also be on-site. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children (non-members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra), and table and VIP options are available, starting at $150 per couple.
What to wear? Choose an outfit fit for a fancy picnic. If you’re not at a table, think lawn seating and dress appropriately. We went to Lori James at Regalia Center to find the perfect look.
No matter what event you’re headed to this May, you’re sure to look ready with these stylish choices!